Review of And Then It’s Spring


And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano; 
illus. by Erin E. Stead Primary    Porter/Roaring Brook    32 pp. 2/12    978-1-59643-624-4    $16.99 A small bespectacled boy and his companions, a dog, a rabbit, and a turtle, are on a search for spring. “First you have brown, / all around you have brown / then there are seeds […]

Review of Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic

little dog lost: the true story of a brave dog namd baltic

Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a 
Brave Dog Named Baltic by Mônica Carnesi; 
illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Paulsen/Penguin    32 pp. 1/12    978-0-399-25666-0    $15.99 An edge-of-your-seat adventure story, based on a true story, for the very young — with a text that also works beautifully as a beginning reader for older children. […]

From The Guide: Paranormal Romance


Dying for some paranormal romance? These swoon-worthy YA stories of supernatural love, all recommended by The Horn Book Guide, are sure to melt hearts and raise spirits. —Elissa Gershowitz Managing Editor, The Horn Book Guide Cremer, Andrea Nightshade 454 pp. Philomel 2010. ISBN 978-0-399-25482-6 YA Werewolf Calla defies her pack by saving human Shay from […]

Review of Extra Yarn

Extra Yarn

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett; illus. by Jon Klassen Primary     Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins     40 pp. 1/12     978-0-06-195338-5     $16.99     g When young Annabelle finds a small box containing yarn of every color, she does what any self-respecting knitter would do: she knits herself a sweater. Then she knits a sweater for her […]

Review of Why We Broke Up

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler; illus. by Maira Kalman High School    Little, Brown    355 pp. 12/11    978-0-316-12725-7    $19.99 Min and Ed’s differences are profound — most obviously, she’s a quirky aspiring filmmaker and he’s a popular jock. Readers see immediately, though, that it’s not simply these practical differences that caused their breakup, the […]